In an interview with The Telegraph, Eric Trump while acknowledging that his father is "not intimidated by President Putin's talk of war", confirmed that Trump's decision to bomb a Syrian airbase was influenced by the reaction of Ivanka, who was "heartbroken and outraged" by the atrocity.
A Syrian father seen cradling his dead twin babies
The picture of a Syrian father, identified as Abdul-Hamid Alyousef, 29, who is seen cradling his dead twin babies had shaken Ivanka Trump, who is a mother of three kids.
Eric was quoted as saying, "Ivanka is a mother of three kids and she has an influence. I'm sure she said: 'Listen, this is horrible stuff.' My father will act in times like that. And by the way, he was anti doing anything with Syria two years ago. Then a leader gasses their own people, women and children. At some point America is the global leader and the world's superpower has to come forward and act and they did with a lot of support of our allies and I think that's a great thing."
According to Eric, his father Trump was "deeply affected" by the pictures of children being "sprayed down by hoses to keep their skin from burning." Expressing his reaction to both the chemical attack and missile strike, Eric said, "It was horrible. These guys are savages and I'm glad he responded the way he responded."
But the question is what does this missile strike hold for the larger issue of Syrian peace? Russia, a crucial player in Syrian war and key supporter of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, has already threatened military escalation post-the strike and has categorically denied Assad's role in the poison gas attack.
Russia's defense has set Kremlin and the White House on a road of a diplomatic collision, with Eric Trump saying, "There will be no one harder - he has got more backbone than anybody. He is not a guy who gets intimidated. I can tell you he is tough and he won't be pushed around."
Calling Trump as "deeply committed" to building America's military strength, Eric had said that Trump was a "big believer in Ronald Reagan's philosophy of achieving peace through strength."
Whatever turns out to be the eventual diplomatic future of the two superpowers - US and Russia - it is important to look into the resolution of the conflict in Syria that is becoming brutal and complicated with each passing day.
It was not for the first time that the Assad regime is accused of chemical attack on his people. Earlier on August 21, 2013, a sarin nerve gas attack had killed hundreds of people, including several children, in the Ghouta suburb of Damascus.
A man with a girl child in a smoky background in Syria